Principal's Letter

On behalf of the Mission Basilica School community, I would like to welcome you to the home of the Swallows! Mission Basilica School is a Blue Ribbon school with a nurturing staff and rigorous academics aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Our school develops students with a strong sense of moral character and exceptional academic abilities who have the opportunity of being part of a history past, present and in the making. Here at Mission Basilica School, we recognize the uniqueness of each child, nurture their capabilities, provide them with opportunities to develop leadership skills and encourage them to achieve their optimal spiritual, academic, and creative potential. I hope you enjoy your tour of our school website, and we invite you to visit our campus.

Alycia Beresford , Principal

St. Joseph\\'s Day Celebration

St. Joseph’s Day celebrates the miracle of the “Swallows Return to Capistrano” on March 19th. To commemorate the return of these special little birds to our historic walls, the costumed students of Mission Basilica School attend the St. Joseph’s Day Mass in the morning. Immediately following the Mass, the MBS students, led by the Royal Court, process to the Mission grounds where they perform traditional dances.

About Us

Mission Basilica School is a Catholic Parochial school with single grade classrooms from Pre-K through Eighth Grade. A Blue Ribbon school for academic excellence, we are steeped in a rich heritage begun over 200 years ago by the Blessed Junipero Serra.


Ideally located on the beautiful grounds of the Mission San Juan Capistrano, the school site is nestled between the Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Jewel of the Missions, and the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, a National Shrine. We have been serving the communities of South Orange County since 1928.